Scandals and controversy around the company caused the “ban”.
TGA and Activision have parted ways
The host of The Game Awards 2021, Geoff Keighley, claimed that Activision Blizzard is not allowed to participate in the annual ceremony. According to his tweet, all people in the industry “are responsible for high standards and creating a more inclusive environment so that everyone feels safe.”
In the comments, Twitter users reported that Activision President Rob Kostich is still on the list of participants who helped the event on the official TGA website. In addition, Call of Duty: Warzone remained in the nominations.
The Game Awards 2021 will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2021. The ceremony will occur at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. It will select the best games of the year and tell you details about some new products.
Crisis in Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard has been making headlines more and more in recent years. But, unfortunately, successful launches of new projects or announcements of long-awaited games have nothing to do with it. The company is often accused of employee discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and other unpleasant things. A recently published investigation by The Wall Street Journal was the last straw, after which many companies began to cease cooperation with Blizzard.
The first major scandal broke out in mid-July 2021 when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a claim against Activision Blizzard. The lawsuit notes that an unhealthy atmosphere has formed inside the company. Female employees are often subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination.
The journalists found out that Bobby Kotick, a notorious CEO of Activision, had long known about all the harassment and discrimination of female employees. However, instead of searching for a solution, he preferred to hush up everything. Even the board of directors was not aware of the actual scale of what was happening.
Obviously, hard times have come for the company; the recent cuts in subsidiaries also evidence this.